Price is perhaps the biggest factor when deciding where to stay on a Walt Disney World vacation, but there are other things you’re likely NOT considering that you totally should!
Here are things you’re NOT considering when you choose your Walt Disney World Resort.
Location and Proximity to the Parks
Disney World is massive; it’s roughly the same size as the city of San Francisco. That means that the location of your hotel is an important factor to consider. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, for example, is just about as close as you can get to Magic Kingdom, but you’ll be far from the other three theme parks.
If you know you’ll be spending a lot of time at EPCOT on your next vacation, consider staying in one of the resorts located in the EPCOT area. Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, and Disney’s BoardWalk Inn are are literally steps away from World Showcase — it can’t be beat.
When you’re looking through your resort options, pull up a map of Disney World and take a look at where on property the hotels are located. A hotel’s location could have a big impact on how long it takes to get from point A to point B.
Every Disney World hotel offers complimentary transportation to and from the theme parks as well as Disney Springs. The bus system is available at each resort, but on top of that, other hotels may offer additional means of getting around. If you fancy a trip on the Disney Skyliner, consider staying at one of the hotels that are located along the Skyliner route. These include Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and Disney’s Riviera Resort.
There are also several hotels that offer boat transportation to various destinations, including Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney Springs.
No matter which Disney World hotel you choose, you’ll have at least the bus system to rely on to transport you around property. Not everyone enjoys relying solely on the buses, however, so take a look at which transportation options are available at your hotel before booking.
The SIZE of the Resort
Disney World hotels come in all shapes and sizes. You’ll find plenty of elbow room at most of the resorts, but there are definitely a select few hotels that are significantly larger than others.
These large resorts have their pros and cons. The most glaring drawback relates back to our point above about the Disney World bus system. Larger resorts have multiple internal bus stops — adding several minutes to your travel time. Depending on where you room is located, it can be quite the hike to get to any resort amenities.
The upside to a larger resort is that the sprawling layout offers added peace and quiet when you aren’t at the theme parks. Since those rooms and buildings are so spread out, you’ll find that you aren’t as “on top” of other guests as you may be at other hotels, which makes for a more relaxing vibe.
If you plan on spending a day at your resort or you plan on shorter days in the theme parks, dining options could be a major make-or-break factor to look into. In short, Disney World’s Value Resorts do not have any Table Service restaurants and will typically only have one Quick Service dining location at each hotel.
Disney World’s Moderate Resorts typically have one Table Service restaurant available in addition to Quick Service restaurants, and the Deluxe Resorts will have at least one Table Service restaurant available. You’re always welcome to book a Dining Reservation at other hotels, but if you’re looking for the convenience of dining options close by, the added price per night may be worth it.
Theming and Ambiance
Finally, each Disney World hotel is unique in its theming. This theming may cater to certain parties more than others. For example, the larger-than-life artwork and statues at some of the Value Resorts may be perfect for families with young kids, but it’s not for everyone!
Like dining, the theming and ambiance of the resort will matter more if you’re considering taking a day off from the theme parks, or you’re planning on spending more time overall at your resort. Disney World offers everything from fun and colorful theming to modern and chic designs. Take a look at the resort pages on our site to learn more about their theming.
The price tag of your hotel room is a major deciding factor in choosing which Disney World resort to call “home” for the week, but it doesn’t stop there! If you pick a resort based purely on cost, you may be missing out on other amenities that your family would find valuable! So do your due diligence to get to know the resorts you’re considering — that way, you’ll make the most informed decision, and maybe even find your new favorite resort!
What is your favorite Disney World hotel? Let us know in the comments!
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